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Community Spotlight: Getting in the mood for the many metamorphoses of Daily Kos

Do you remember the US in 2007?

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To our dismay, George W. Bush was still president and war profiteer Dick Cheney was vice president. The US struggled with our presence in Iraq (surprise, surprise). Santa Ana winds fanned out 23 Forest fires in SoCal, considered the worst ever at the time – they burned for 7 weeks, killed 10 people and burned nearly 400,000 acres. A B-52 bomber flown from North Dakota to Louisiana, loaded with six cruise missiles with nuclear warheads (oops) that were supposed to have been discharged. The first iPhone became available, and Tiger Woods won his 13th career championship.

Thanks to the Internet Wayback Machine Image capture, we can see what DK looked like in all seven front page iterations. The first picture shows all but the 2007 version, which will be shown and discussed next, and the current 2020 version.

This compilation shows five of the seven front page formats from the last 19 years of DK history. The picture above is the beginning of DK 2002 with stories written by kos followed by the first upgrade and the appearance of other writers in 2003. In the third picture, 2011, the community spotlight box will appear in the front and center.

The fourth picture, 2012seems more familiar to me. The last picture shows the hotly reviled one 2016 Iteration that members loathed for many reasons, including "too much white space" and preferring the 2012 version. The seventh, newest iteration, not shown, is today's one 2020 Format, also protested, as members prefer the 2016 version. (You could say that protest is a community personality trait.)

The picture below the composite shows Daily Kos this week 15 years ago, on August 31, 2007 – a blog with the popular flag type that comes up first, three vertical columns and lots of orange.

On August 31, 2007, the left column contained stories from founder kos (Markos Moulitsas) and introduced writers. Meteor Blades, now senior political writer emeritus, dissected post-Iraq war criticism, and DemfromCT, now writing Abbreviated pandit summary under his real name Greg Dworkin, looked at the British withdrawal from Basra, Iraq. Other authors in the left column are MissLaura, now Assistant Managing Editor Laura Clawson, and Mcjoan, now Senior Political Writer Joan McCarter.

Known community members appear in the rightmost column. Magnifico posted to Overnight News Digestas he still does every night with a team of other members. Rimjob, now named Doctor RJ and a member of the community contributor team continues to write about television and movies. Others in the right column still regularly write under the same name –Fish out of the water, gmoke, and AndyT.

SusanG who the. wrote Open thread and diary rescue in the left column and created the Rescue Rangers, is now Susan Gardner, the former editor-in-chief who retired last year. Its August 31, 2007 issue features 12 stories the Ranger team saved that day, a number considered high for a full week in 2021 (we hit an average of 10.3 per week this year).

Only one author rescued on August 31, 2007 still writes here, but this person, grog, is also one of our longtime Rescue Rangers. His story, "The Katrina Promise: Animal Rescue“Is the quintessence of the Daily Kos Community.

The August 31, 2007 edition of Daily Kos. For a larger version click HERE.

Grog wrote about his wife's project to save animals abandoned in New Orleans and reconnect them with their humans Steve Gilliard who was one of the first featured bloggers on Daily Kos. Gilliard started his own blog, the popular progressive The News Blog, and died in June 2007.

And here we are, 14 years later, as New Orleans recovers from the floods and disruption of another direct hurricane and Grog's assessment of his wife's project is still true. “Evacuating animals seems trivial given the enormous human suffering during a disaster. But all it needed to see in New Orleans was the joy on the face of a single owner reunited with their pet to understand that this facet of disaster risk reduction goes a long way toward alleviating the mental agony, suffer people who are marginalized. "

SusanG's Introduction to the Saved Stories of August 31, 2007 is another truth that remains persistent, so I copied it and its category labels to showcase our rescues for the week ending September 3, 2021.

“One of the biggest disappointments in the past six and a half years has been the failure of the traditional media to challenge the Republican Party of the Bush administration for its excuses, half-truths and outright lies. The recipe for this disease is a heavy dose of reality. Tonight, this week's Dkos diary writers are serving spoons of sugar so the disgusting medicine goes down …

Have fun and please advertise your own favorite diary stories in this open thread. "

15 Rescued Stories from August 27, 1:00 p.m. PDT through September 3, 2021, 1:00 p.m. PDT

Community Spotlight's mission is to ensure that the best stories are not overlooked by the Daily Kos community. We encourage members who write excellent stories with original views to keep writing by promoting work that is not getting enough attention. We also support a healthy community by not saving topics and specific stories intended to provoke fierce commentary battles, although we enjoy strong arguments that are fairly presented and supported by credible sources.

Good news: you don't have to search to find our saved stories! The night News summary, an open thread posted six days a week at 7:30 p.m. PDT with links to each day's stories saved.

As a reminder, the numbers in brackets after each author's name indicate the year they joined Daily Kos, how many stories they published, and how many we saved.

Bitter Pills & Emetics

You don't have to believe in God to be elected president of the United States, but you have to say it from The critical mind (2017-337-?)

Polls reported in this article by Rescued to Recommended show that less than 50% of Americans claim to be of a particular religion. However, other polls report that "voters were more likely to choose a businessman, adulterer or someone who has never held an office than an atheist". The author asks: “Why is there this separation? Credit conservatives and their genius in branding opponents. In the US, atheism is inextricably linked to the “godless” regimes of Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot. It is associated with un-Americanism, just as Catholicism was until Kennedy's election. "

Immerse yourself in the dirty laundry from Robert Dobbs (2012-54-28)

“COVID times bring the unexpected and the undesirable. But I never expected to get a good set of deltoids out of them. ”This is how Robert's analogy begins, using a broken washing machine to describe the short thinking behind global problems and supply chain bottlenecks.

Unboxing the Texas Judgment: It's Likely to Get Worse from Spherical aberration (2014/39/4)

Analyzing the Supreme Court's hideous failure to rule on abortion law, the author claims that Roe is still in control of the precedents; This was the rejection of an injunction. However, a pending case that is likely to go to court could offer another chance to drill a hole in abortion law. The real danger is that the court's bilateral, unsigned ruling will undermine the basic functioning of judicial review in the country. "It attacks the court's own ability to arbitrate on just law."

Antidotes & Vaccines

The daily bucket: KELP! SAVE US! Part 2 from RonK (2011-11-41)

RonK explains why the ocean's kelp forests, the world's most efficient carbon sink, are in decline and programs to protect and restore them are ongoing. Some of the perpetrators are known; some are unexpected. “The extent of the loss of kelp forests cannot be overestimated and is similar to the dramatic disappearance of the west coast starfish that I have seen written about earlier. It will come as no surprise that the decline in these two nearshore criteria is related in some places. "

Climate Brief: What They Won't Tell You About Natural Gas from PalmFrond (2019/23/3)

Find out where natural gas is coming from ("Texas, Louisiana and Pennsylvania"), where it is going ("30% of natural gas in the US is used for industrial purposes where it is burned") and the consequences of using it. “Everything I am about in the. have spoken Article about oil The same applies to natural gas: we have to stop burning it, and we have to do it quickly. But natural gas is more difficult to get to grips with for several reasons. "

The Daily Bucket – Latest research and news articles on forest management and forest fires from Forester bobsleigh

Using research selected from a forest magazine and the news media, as well as a conflicting report from conservation specialists, Foresterbob offers its take on forest fires and forest management. "Due to the incredible variety of situations – urban or rural, steep ground or flat, good access or road-free, dry forest or damp forest and the large variety of types and sizes – no recipe fits every situation."

365 days of climate awareness 23 – Tectonics 2: Crustal processes from agramante (2009/37/4)

This edition of agramante's one-year project on climate science builds on Part 1 discussion of tectonics. Agramante briefly explains the oceanic and continental plate formation, movements and interactions. "The coasts around the Pacific Ocean are commonly referred to as the 'Ring of Fire' because an ocean plate spreads in both directions and passes under the surrounding plates, creating a roughly circular chain of volcanoes several thousand miles in length."

Prairie Snow, a dystopian fairy tale from Texas from Texas amaranth (2016/21/3)

Like many fairy tales, this is an allegory, and the "dystopian" aspect reflects the true Texan anti-abortion atrocity. “The King of the Prairie was a vain and cruel man. He spent his time inventing rules that would curb the free will of his subjects. He hoped to become Emperor one day and thought that banter rather than kindness would help him achieve his goals. " However, the end of this story qualifies them in the blurb category "antidotes".

Vitamins & Tonic

Sabotage in the White House: How Trump Biden's “Incompetence” Successfully Staged from lafosner (2020/30 /?)

In our second story of Rescued to Recommended, which now has 351 recordings, lafosner resigns from the accused self-righteous media headlines to examine Biden's ending to the war in Afghanistan in the context of history and the campaigning red meat of the Republican impeachment calls. “Let's not forget that no country has ever successfully and easily evacuated from a war. Not only did Biden do something with almost miraculous efficiency (once the situation Trump left behind was fully investigated, understood, and corrected), he did it without a template or map to guide him.

Georgia Voter ID Law Second Test: Results of Attempting to Obtain ID Cards from a GA Registrar from snowy (2005-78-?)

In our third Rescued To Recommended story this week, the number of Recs more than tripled within hours of the rescue to 281. Hope Springs PAC is testing Georgia Republicans' claim that Voter IDs are " no problem … because anyone can get the required ID at the local registry office. ”But even with significant prior organization, not all of them received their cards due to problems such as road traffic. “I want to reiterate that this action is the result of pondering the consequences of the new Georgia electoral law by students at Historically Black College and the University of Albany State. They thought of this test and put the troops in these districts on site. "

An old woman remembers more from LadyJeand (2014/143/15)

LadyJeand takes readers back to their early teenage years and the Nixon era. “I had read about the New Deal and thought I would become a Democrat when I grew up. I knew it wasn't going to be easy. My family were Republicans. As far as I know, they had been Republicans since the party was in existence. But their party changed. "

Canada has a federal election on Monday, September 20th! from GoinFawr (01.03.2020)

Canada's electoral system is tripartite “with a litany of progressive and regressive parties to keep Canuks busy. I like to think of it as some kind of political Neapolitan with a dash of Bertie Bott's Every Flavored JellyBeans; which, as many of you are just as sure, can produce a delicious surprise at times and a really nasty surprise at other times. ”GoinFawr goes on to explain the parties, players and possible outcomes.

Sedatives and muscle relaxants

Dawn Chorus: Bird bath season by OceanDiver (2012/721 /?)

OceanDiver shares their garden – an exquisite refuge for the birds, for them and for the readers. “Bird baths are a joy in my life and help the birds. Given that human activities have made life difficult for birds, I think we should do everything we can to mitigate this. So you can act locally! "

The Language of the Night – "The Noldorization of the Edain: Part II" from Jeffersonian Democrat (2005/85/10)

This lovingly researched deep insight into the tribal alliances that Tolkien calls "Kinds" and their relationship to the Germanic tribes and the Roman army comes from the author's dissertation on Lord of the rings. “Tolkien, the philologist, seems to emphasize the importance of language as the cornerstone of elvenism and acculturation. In the Roman world it was also particularly important during the Romanization to adopt Latin as the official language. "

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